A record number of visitors attended The Emergency Services Show and co-located The Emergency Tech Show at the NEC on 19 and 20 September. The UK’s largest event for the emergency services attracted over 12,000 visitors and buyers, with strong representation from across all the emergency services including police, fire & rescue, ambulance, and search & rescue. Total attendance was over 30 per cent higher than last year’s record for the event.
For the first time The Emergency Tech Show brought together all the latest in digital transformation tools; connectivity; control room solutions; software and apps; wearable tech; cloud storage; virtual reality training simulation; and the use of AI for predictive emergency response, resource allocation and data analysis.
Extensive content programme
The show’s visitors participated in over 140 hours of CPD-accredited seminars running in nine theatres: the Lessons Learned Leaders’ Summit, Innovation Theatre, College of Paramedics Theatre, Resilience & Recovery Theatre, Policing Theatre, Health & Wellbeing Theatre, Microsoft Partner Theatre, Emergency Tech Keynote and the Tech Hub. Every session was well attended, with one of the most popular being actor and documentary maker Ross Kemp’s fireside chat in the Policing Theatre looking at reality TV vs. real policing.
The show’s biggest audience joined Adam Kay, BAFTA-winning television writer, comedian, former doctor and author of This is Going to Hurt in the Lessons Learned Leaders’ Summit, where he shared his thoughts on how the NHS could better support the mental health and retention of its staff. The College of Paramedics’ CPD workshops also proved extremely popular again this year.
Over 600 exhibitors
The jet suit demonstration by Rowan Poulter of Gravity Industries also drew crowds to the Outside Area. Across both shows, the indoor and outdoor exhibition featured over 600 exhibitors from which visitors could source new products, solutions and advanced technologies designed for the emergency services including: IT and communications, vehicles and fleet, medical, firefighting, road safety, search & rescue, extrication, water rescue, protective clothing and uniforms, training and station facilities.
Kathleen Canavan, Advanced Nurse Practitioner at The Galway Clinic summed up the genuine excitement and awe of many visitors: “It’s amazing; it’s action-packed. Every time you turn a corner there’s something else and everybody is so passionate about what they’re doing. You can feel that in the air.”
Danny O’Neill, Sales Manager of Dräger UK typified the feedback from exhibitors when he said “The show continues to be an excellent location, the place to be for the emergency and rescue services. We absolutely definitely are going to be here next year; we look forward to it. It’s a great opportunity and we’re really proud to be part of it with what we’re doing here.”
“Footfall has been really good. We were absolutely rammed. We’ve got around 20 staff here and at some points we needed more,” said Peter Benson, Chief Executive Officer of The Ortus Group.
“The Emergency Services Show is how we kick off our financial year, that’s how important it is for finding new customers and catching up with existing,” said Callum Farrell, UK Sales Manager at Excelerate Technology. “Even if we base it on last year, it’s played a massive role in us exceeding our sales target. It’s invaluable.”
Register interest for the 2024 shows
The Emergency Services Show and The Emergency Tech Show return to Halls 4 & 5 at the NEC, Birmingham from 18-19 September 2024. Companies and organisations interested in booking a stand should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency services personnel interested in attending in 2024 can register their interest here.